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County weather expert predicts a mini-ice age by the year 2020
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12/03/2010 02:18 AM
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Mr Norton, a development engineer of Thirsk Drive, North Hykeham, bases his predictions on sunspot activity.
Sunspots are visible as dark spots on the surface of the sun, where the magnetic fields from within have risen and broken through its surface.
When there are lots of sunspots, there are fewer clouds on Earth.
If there is a lack of sunspot activity, the Earth gets cloudy, lowering temperatures.
Mr Norton said: "This winter is mild compared to those of the 2020s.
"The sunspot activity is roughly following a 400-year trend.
"I predicted the last sunspot cycle would be the most active for a long time and it was.
"This would be followed by a long, deep solar minimum. We are just getting out of this.
"The next sunspot cycle, which has just started, would be only half as active as the last.
"We then enter a period without sunspots for decades, starting in about 2020.
"I didn't think we'd have this much snow in November – I thought it come just after Christmas.
"My worry is high pressure from Iceland, which this year will bring the wind from the north."
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